Young and quirky Louisa "Lou" Clark (Emilia Clarke) moves from one job to the next to help her family make ends meet. Her cheerful attitude is put to the test when she becomes a caregiver for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), a wealthy young banker left paralyzed from an accident two years earlier. Will's cynical outlook starts to change when Louisa shows him that life is worth living. As their bond deepens, their lives and hearts change in ways neither one could have imagined.
On the plane from Geneva to JFK, I finally got the opportunity to watch Me Before You and I actually loved it! Even more so than the novel, which I buddy-read with my blogger-wife. In some ways, I think this is because the contrasts came out better for me in the movie. The contrast between the cozy huis clos inside Will’s annex and socializing in the outside world. The huge contrast between Lou’s light hearted mess and the heavy emotional message of the story.
I didn’t cry much when reading about Will and Lou, but my eyes stayed red and puffy for a good while after the movie was over. The actors were well chosen, they really conveyed their characters’ emotions well. Especially the actress who played the part of Lou, she has the most expressive eyebrows I have ever seen. Me Before You was a well-written book, and it’s an even better-done movie!
The scenes that were cut from the movie didn’t take away from my enjoyment in the least, I think, perhaps, that the faster pace worked better for me. The location shots were well done, and the musical choices did me in.
I recommend the movie both to those who read the book and loved it (or not) and those who haven’t gotten to the novel just yet. Bring your tissues and be ready for Lou to wow you, just as she wowed Will!